I first heard of British based Author Shani Struthers when I read ‘The Haunting of Highdown Hall’ the first book in her Psychic Surveys series and really enjoyed it.
I automatically downloaded other books in the series but came upon ‘The Venetian’ when looking for books in my Kindle unlimited subscription.
As the title would suggest, this book is set in Venice.
The book starts by introducing us to Rob & Louise, a married couple visiting Venice for a romantic weekend away.
While exploring the city one night they go for a meal, only to meet another couple.
The couple offers to take them over to Poveglia a small island off of Venice said to have a haunting history of plague victims and an Asylum for the Mentally ill, but does this mysterious couple have an ulterior motive?
The book then takes you back in time to 1938 to Charlotte, an English woman who has moved to Venice to be at the side of her husband Doctor Enrico.
When Enrico is offered a work placement working with his Uncle at the Mental Asylum on Poveglia, the couple moves to the island to take care of the patients and start married life together.
Soon Charlotte begins to suspect that the treatments being carried out on their patients may be more sinister than she first thought.
The book flips between the years but soon their fates collide with malevolent repercussions.
This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout I couldn’t put it down.
While reading the book I did a little research and found that Poveglia does in fact exist and that it was a place of quarantine to plague victims in 1805 and that in 1922 an Asylum for the mentally ill was opened on the island but the asylum shut it’s doors in 1968 (although the Asylum still remains standing).
The fact that this book is so richly woven in fact just made it all the more spooky.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great ghost story!
I gave this book 5/5 – It was fantastic!
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The Secret Girly Girl